perspeCTive on CT by the Numbers…

weekly commentaries by CT writers and observers on issues of the day, published on weekends.  

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Accessible Design, Up Close and Personal/ Phil Barlow (2.10.19)

Housing Vital to Reducing Recidivism for Returning Citizens / Jay Williams (2.3.19)


Superseding Connecticut’s FOI Law Is Not In Public Interest / Mike Savino (1.27.19)

Bridging the Rural-Urban Divide by Bringing Back the Berkshire LineKaren Christensen (1.13.19)

Connecticut’s Women-Owned Immigrant Businesses Contribute to the Community / Leah Doty (1.6.19)



EdTech Startups in Connecticut’s Educational Technology EcosystemSupriyo B. Chatterjee, MSc MBA MA  (12.29.18)

Finding Magical Doors: Notes on Borders, Race, and BelongingSunil Bhatia (12.15.18) 

Remembering 12.14.12 / Barack Obama (12.9.18)

Nonprofits Are Under [Cyber] Attack – But They Don’t Have to be Easy Targets / Amber Mata (12/2/18)


Connecticut at the Start of this Decade / M. Jodi Rell (11.17.18)

Small Business Owner Does Not Equal Entrepreneur, And That’s Okay / Anthony Price (11.3.18)


Dyslexia and Persistence Can Be Path to Achievement / (10.28.18)

Clearing A Path to Better Health / Arielle Levin Becker (10/21/18)

A Needed Credential to Advance Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health / Abby Alter and Heidi Maderia (10.14.18)

Legalizing Marijuana Would Jeopardize Safety on Connecticut Roads / Amy Parmenter  (10.7.18)


 Unhealthy Options Persist in Fast Food; Voluntary Efforts Falling Short / (9.30.18)

Patient Protections Fall Short in Proposed Plan for Pre-existing Conditions / (9.23.18)

Nonprofit Board Members:  Take Off Your “Stupid Hats” /Jack Horack (9.16.18)

CT’s Small Towns Receptive to Regional Resource Sharing / Leo Paul (9.9.18)

Discovering Common Ground, Developing Friendships and Creating Impact: A Teenage Sisterhood Drive by Faith / Olivia Rotter and Layan Alnajjar  (9.2.18)  


Making Our Own Individual End-of-Life Decisions / Paul Bluestein (8.26.18)

Both Sides of the Wall: What Being in Mexico Taught Me / Skylar Haines (8.19.18)

Homelessness at State Universities Hidden in Plain Sight / (8.12.18)

Protecting the Separation of Powers / Mark Dubois (8.5.18)


Challenging Times, Leaders Needed / Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole (7.29.18)

Mama’s Please Let Your Babies Grow Up to be CPAs / Bonnie Stewart (7.22.18) 

Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation of Connecticut’s Anglers and Hunters / William A. Hyatt (7.15.18)

Marketing Connecticut to College Grads / Kevin McLaughlin (7.1.18)


America’s Infrastructure:  Is Our Country on the Road to Ruin? / Roger L. Kemp (6.24.18)

Surprise! Connecticut is a great Place for Small Business / Caroline Goldstein (6.17.18)

Eliminating Transcripts Draws the Shades on Government A Little More / Michele Jacklin and Jeffrey Daniels (6.10.18)

Building a Foundation to Reduce Reliance on Social Welfare / Martha Guidry (6.3.18)


Life Lessons Grown in Connecticut Continue to Resonate / Keith Hovan (5.20.18)

Government Algorithms and the Public’s Right to Know / Mitchell Pearlman (5.13.18)

The Sky Hasn’t Fallen: Numbers Support Adoptee Equality / Karen Caffrey (5.6.18)


The Bond Lock: A Threat to Connecticut’s Economy / Ray Noonan and Rachel Silbermann (4.29.18)

Don’t Undermine 2020 Census and Jeopardize Federal Funding / Michelle Riordan-Nold (4.22.18)

The Social Responsibility of Business is Changing / Sarah Eisele-Dyrli (4.15.18)

State Auditors Can Be Partner in Preserving Resources /  Robert J. Kane (4.8.18)

Most Investors See Finances on Track in 2018 /  Joseph Matthews (4.1.18)


ATT/Time Warner Merger Could Wreak Havoc on Consumers Without Net Neutrality /  Bob Duff and Derek Slap (3.25.18)

Changing Minds and Changing Lives: The Measurable Business Benefits of Hiring People with Disabilities / Kris Foss (3.18.18)

Crying in the Cafeteria / Ellen Fuller (3.11.18)

Time to Arm Our Girls to be Entrepreneurs / Jennifer Openshaw (3.4.18)


Closing the Resume Gap to Keep Carers on Track and Benefit Businesses / Emma Buth (2/25/18)

Republic Still at Risk; Connecticut Edges Forward / Peter L. Levine (2.18.18)

Nonprofits:  Focus on Your Impact, Not Your Effort / Lou Golden (2.11.18)

Intellectual Freedom and Net Neutrality / Andrew Boyles Petersen (2.3.18)


Dialogue, Diversity and Progress Amidst News of Dysfunction / Martha McCoy (1.28.18)

Access to Healthy Foods: How Far Are You Willing to Go? / Garth Graham (1.21.18)

Racism 101 / Debby Irving  (1.14.18)

An Unexpected Journey on the Path to News Literacy / Amanda Muntz (1.7.18)


CT by the Numbers publishes opinion articles of about 600 words each weekend. 

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 Perspectives are published at the discretion of CT by the Numbers and reflect the views of the authors, not necessarily CT by the Numbers. 




Is Algorithmic Transparency the Next Regulatory Frontier in Data Privacy? /William J. Roberts, Catherine F. Intravia and Benjamin FrazziniKendrick  (12.24.17)

Golden Years Require Golden Finances / Valerie Dugan (12.17.17)

Celebrating the Bland But Influential People of Connecticut / Christopher Hoffman (12.10.17)

The Hypocrisy of “Live and Let Live” or… When Did ‘Pile-On’ Become the Norm?/ Fran Trelease (12.3.17)


Let’s Hope Our White Friends Regain Their Senses Soon / Frederick A. Hurst (11.26.17)

Connecticut Could Still Be the New Hollywood East for the Smallest Screens / Lucy Wyndham (11.19.17)

Broadening Our Approach:  Hunger Beyond Thanksgiving / Miranda Muro (11.12.17)

10 Reasons Why Starting  Captive Insurance Company in CT is a Great Idea / Michael Maglaras (11.5.17) 


Face-to-Face Business in a Digital Age / Kim Estep (10.29.17)

#MeToo – Intervening to Change A Culture That Tolerates Sexual Violence / Laura Cordes (10.22.17)

Liberating Public Data – Easier Said Than Done / Sasha Cuerda (10.15.17)

The Social Media Leash Can Choke Anyone / Adam Chiara (10.8.17)

The Significance of Investing in Early Childhood Education / Silvana Alarcon (10.1.17)


State Cuts Will Mean Ballooning Costs / Julie Peters (9.24.17)

How Connecticut Businesses Are Doing More for People with Autism / Lucy Wyndham (9.17.17)

How to Attract and Retain a Young, Skilled and Energetic Workforce / Kayleigh Lombardi and Christine Shilke (9.10.17)


Reexamining Our Approach to College Access /Angel B. Pérez (8.27.17)

Early Childhood Care and Education: A Prudent Investment   / Joanna Meyer, Michael Strambler, Clare Irwin and George Coleman   (8.20.17)

Protect Connecticut DREAMers, A Vital Part of Our CommunityKhadija Gurnah (8.13.17)

Resilience is So Much More Than Bouncing Back / Taryn Stejskl (8.6.17)


Yes, We Can Change the World / Ramzi Kaiss (7.23.17)

Journalism and Medicine – Comfortable with Uncertainty / Jon LaPook (7.16.17)

Beyond the Land of Unsteady Habits / Kevin B. Sullivan (7.9.17)


Enduring Impact of Risky Driving Can Change Anyone’s Life / Nikole Doolittle and Sherry Chapman (6.25.17)

Law is the Fabric that Holds Society Together / Richard A. Robinson (6.18.17)

On the Job Hunt After Cancer / Julie Jansen (6.11.17)

10 Reasons Your Performance Appraisal May Be Useless / Karen Hinds (6.4.17) 


Lawsuits, Libel Laws and the Imperative to Protect Journalists / Michelle Xiong (5.27.17)

Recycled Rubber Playing Surfaces Should be Prohibited Until Proven Safe / Robert Wright and Sarah Evans (5.20.17)

Keeping Up the Clean Energy Momentum / Claire Coleman (5.14.17)

Suicide Prevention: Beyond the ’13 Reasons Why’ / Rachel Papke (5.7.17)


Cheers to Farm Brewers  and tomorrow’s Homegrown Jobs / Brett Broesder (4.30.17)

Wildlife Watching, Not Hunting, Is Better Choice for State Residents, Economy / Annie Hornish (4.23.17)

People, Not Cars, Should be Union Station Priority / Krysia Solheim (4.16.17)

Don’t Overlook Your Foreign Assets / Sharon K. Brune (4.9.17)

Don’t Block Emerging Technologies, Consumer Choice in Eye Care / Gary LeBeau (4.2.17)


Connecticut’s Upside-Down Property Tax System / Ellen Shemitz (3.26.17)

Public + Private = Powerful / Rie Poirier-Campbell (3.19.17)

Is Your School Fresh Check Day Cool? / Rachel Papke (3.12.17)

Fighting Fake News in the Classroom / Lorenzo Burgio (3.5. 17)


Just 3 of the JUST 100 / Larry Bingaman (2.26.17) 

Self Control is the Best Control / Marvin Weisbort and Sandra Janoff (2.19.17)

Taking Risks, Serving Customers Key to Sustaining Success / Mickey Herbert (2.5.17)


Fighting Fake News: The Myth of Information Literacy  / John Richard Schrock  (1.29.17)

Manufacturing:  Opening Minds to the New World of Innovation / Bob Sobolewski (1.22.17)

Connecticut Must Act to End Traffic-Related Deaths and Injuries / Adina Gianelli (1.15.17)

Effective State Spending Cap is Number One Business Priority / James Smith (1.8.17) 


CT by the Numbers publishes opinion articles of about 600 words each weekend. 

  Submissions should be emailed to

 Perspectives are published at the discretion of CT by the Numbers and reflect the views of the authors, not necessarily CT by the Numbers. 




Obscuring What Made America Prosper / Jacob Hacker (12.24.16)

Municipality Prevails as Ambulance Services Move to Town’s Jurisdiction  / David Slossberg (12.18.16)

A Reflection on Safe Driving Advocacy / Tim Hollister (12.11.16)

The Rise of the Full-time Freelancer / Melissa Harris (12.4.16)


A New Direction for Shopping Malls / Valerie Dugan (11.27.16)

Paving A Path to Post-Secondary Attainment, In Connecticut and Beyond / James Merisotis (11.20.16)

At the Next Election, Popular Vote Must Win Out / John R. Koza (11.13.16)


All Ways Able Best Describes Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing / Jeffrey S. Bravin (10.30.16)

Move Over Oprah – Giving to Women’s and Girl’s Causes is Growing / Carol Buckheit (10.22.16)

The Connecticut Job Swap – An Economy in TransitionDerek Thomas and Ray Noonan (10.15.16)

New Economic Perspectives on the I-91 Knowledge Corridor / Don Klepper-Smith (10.9.16)


Reverse Mentoring – The Answer for Connecticut’s Seasoned Workers?/ Fran Trelease (9.25.16)

History Educators Show the Way – Collaboration Expands Opportunity / Liz Shapiro (9.18.16)

Over-Regulation Would Harm Innovative Tech Industry, Hurt Consumers / Jack Carey (9.11.16)

Can the Sharing Economy of Regionalism Reduce Income Inequality? / Frank Shafroth (9.3.16)


Why and How We Should All Be Concerned About College Student Retention / Victor Neves & David Johnston (8.27.16)

Back to School – Don’t Forget Your Child’s Mental Health / Rachel Papke (8.20.16)

Philanthropy Can Respond to Anxiety, Alienation and Adversity / James A. Joseph (8.13.16)

The Challenge of Philanthropy / James A. Joseph (8.6.16)


How Brexit Could Impact Connecticut Companies / Alissa DeJonge (7.31.16)

For Families of Special Needs Children, Thoughtful Financial Planning Can Provide A Roadmap  / Valerie Dugan (7.24.16)

The Midnight Art of Pavement Markings / Jennifer Paquin  (7.17.16)

CT Independent College Among National Leaders in Student Completion / Jennifer Widness (7.10.16)

Can Trust Be Restored  / Peter Eder (7.3.16)


Why Now is the Time to Invest in CT’s Downtowns / John Simone (6.26.16)

Cycling and Pedestrian Safety:  A Progressive Movement / Sean Alexander (6.19.16)

Highway Winter Maintenance Pay Off?  Safety! / Eric Jackson and Donald Larsen (6.12.16)

Do Community College Students Go Begging? / Endia DeCordova (6.5.16)


Face Your Fears – and the Editorial Board / Paul Steinmetz (5.29.16)

Successful Succession Planning for Nonprofits / Tom Wood (5.22.16)

Driven by Discovery / France A. Cordova (5.15.16)

An Intervention in History / Equity Task Force, Wesleyan University (5.8.16)


Every Generation Has Something to Teach / Kim Sirois Pita (4.30.16)

Progress Made on Regional Cooperation / Mary Glassman (4.24.16)

Social Media Manipulation:  Worse Than Advertising? / Carrie Titolo (4.17.16)

Survey Data:  Not What It Used to Be /  Michelle Riordan-Nold (4.10.16) 

The State Budget:  What to Demographics Have to Do With It? /Alissa DeJonge (4.3.16)


Freedom’s Just Another Word For... / Rich Hollant (3.27.16)

The Economic Impact of Not Investing in Social Purpose Sector Leadership / Maggie Gunther Osborn (3.20.16)

Reaching Untapped Potential of Urban Students / Jahana Hayes (3.13.16)

Jordan Porco Foundation: Creating A Message of Hope for Young Adults / Rachel Papke (3.6.16)


Connecting the Dots – to Transit-Oriented Development / Kimberley Parsons-Whitaker (2.28.16)

Insurance Company Mergers:  Why Consumers and Patients Will Not be Better Off / Frances Padilla (2.21.16)

2016 to be a Year of Power Shifts and Workforce Facelifts / Thomas Phillips and Sandra Rodriguez  (2.14.16)

Is Mama Drama Impacting A Woman’s Ability / Heather Freeman (2.7.16)


Philanthropy:  Is It Women’s Work? / Mary Cahalane (1.31.16)

Gun Reforms vs. Gun Servants / Dick Polman (1.24.16)

Consider the Meaning of Language / Paul Steinmetz (1.17.16)

Fiduciary Duty – A Pledge Board Members Need to Uphold / Lisa Wills (1.10.16)

Here Today, Gone by January 2030 / Peter Eder (1.3.16)



In case you missed our “pilot” perspeCTive columns during the summer of 2015…

Major Accounting Changes Proposed for Nonprofits / Katrina Olson 

Developing the Next Generation of Social Change LeadersNicole Lindsay and Meghan Lowney

Time, Talent, Treasure, Testimony – The Ideal Attributes of a Volunteer Board Member / Peter Eder

The Problem of Rising Rents and Falling Incomes Seen Through the Regenerative Lens / Sally Goerner

Put Aside the Shallowness, Hollowness of Self  /  M. Jodi Rell

Inclusion … Every Senior’s Wish / Peter Eder 

When Nonprofits Stories Earn Your Attention / Mary Cahalane

First Amendment makes U.S. unique, and poses unique challenges / Paul Steinmetz 

Partnering Far to Benefit Near / John Simone

The Hills of Connecticut Are Slippery, and So is Steering / Bill Denya


  CT by the Numbers publishes opinion articles of about 600 words each weekend. 

  Submissions should be emailed to

 Perspectives are published at the discretion of CT by the Numbers and reflect the views of the authors, not necessarily CT by the Numbers. 

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